Tuesday Open Thread | ‘In Living Color’ Week

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Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and a member of the Wayans Family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and co-creator of the 1990-1994 Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. He has produced, directed and/or written a large number of films, starting with Hollywood Shuffle, which he co-wrote, in 1987. A majority of these films have included him and one or more of his brothers and sisters in the cast. One of these films, Scary Movie (2000), which Wayans directed, was the highest-grossing movie ever directed by an African American until it was surpassed by Tim Story’s Fantastic Four in 2005. From 1997 to 1998, he hosted the talk show The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show. Most recently, he was a judge for the eighth season of Last Comic Standing.

Wayans was born in New York City, son of Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager, and his wife Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker. His father was a devout Jehovah’s Witness. He grew up in Manhattan’s Fulton housing projects. Wayans attended Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship. He entertained his friends at college with made-up stories about life in New York. One semester before graduation, he dropped out of school in order focus on comedy.

During his first set performing at The Improv in New York, Wayans met Robert Townsend, who helped him learn about the comedy business. Wayans moved to Los Angeles in 1980, where he worked as an actor. He had a regular role as a soldier on a television series named “For Love and Honor”.

Townsend wrote, directed, and starred in the movie Hollywood Shuffle; Wayans was co-star and co-writer. The movie’s success allowed him to raise the money to make I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.

Fox Broadcasting Company approached Wayans to offer him his own show. Wayans wanted to produce a variety show, similar to Saturday Night Live, with a cast of people of color that took chances with its content. Fox gave Wayans a lot of freedom with the show, although Fox executives were a bit concerned about the show’s content prior to its television debut. Wayans and his brother Damon, Sr. created, wrote, and starred in the show, called In Living Color, an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on the Fox Network from 1990 to 1994.

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Damon Kyle Wayans, Sr. (/ˈdeɪmən ˈweɪ.ənz/; born September 4, 1960) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer, member of the Wayans family of entertainers. Wayans performed as a comedian and actor throughout the 1980s, including a yearlong stint on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, although his true breakthrough came as a co-creator and performer on his own sketch comedy show, In Living Color, from 1990 to 1992. Since then he has starred in a number of films and television shows, some of which he has co-produced or co-written, including The Last Boy Scout and Major Payne, and the sitcom My Wife and Kids.

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116 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | ‘In Living Color’ Week

  1. Liza says:

    I just want someone who looks at me the way my brother looks at ketchup pic.twitter.com/gDcrGcjG13— Anicca (@13adh13) January 23, 2016


  2. rikyrah says:

    One of Chicago’s main attractions is its great food. And at no time is that fact more on display than during the city’s annual restaurant week.

    Though its title suggests a mere week of great eating, Chicago’s restaurant week actually lasts approximately two weeks with over 350 restaurants across the city of all cuisine types taking part.

    Hit the flip to check out nine Black-owned restaurants in the city that we think are CRW-worthy before CRW ends on Feb. 4.


  3. LaVoy Finicum wanted to play cowboy but ISH got real with the #FBI. #Oregonstandoff

  4. Ametia says:

    Federal authorities have arrested Ammon Bundy, the leader of a group of protesters occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, and several of his followers in a traffic stop, a law enforcement official told CNN.

    Shots were fired after authorities made the stop, the source said. It’s not clear who fired first.

  5. eliihass says:

    Life is funny…

    Who would have thought that bumbling Rick Perry who couldn’t even get his own presidential campaign off the ground, would be called in as surrogate to help Ted Cruz a natural born Canadian running for the American presidency, save his…To think there was a time the media kept touting and threatening the unleashing of fearless Perry and his political savvy, years of experience and Texas cowboy might – and now to see what’s left of what turned out to be an embarrassingly dumb and hollow dud…

    Or, that a day would come when I see David Plouffe on my t.v screen and all I see is a slimy, arrogant opportunist…

  6. eliihass says:

    Steelworkers Local 310L member John Campbell – very impressive..

  7. The US media built up this arrogant POS Trump looking for the “great white hope” to President Barack Obama.

    • eliihass says:

      Yes, this is scary SG..

      But so is so much of what’s going on these days in our politics – and spilling over into other aspects of everyday life in America…

      You have Donald Trump leading and devastating the republican neocon mothership that ironically was constructed to subvert all that’s best about our union…and touting Arpaio and a resurrected Palin (who we must never forget was inflicted upon us by good ole John McCain) as top get endorsements…and filling halls and stadiums – and children including little girls, looking up to him as some excitement worthy, tears-of-joy evoking idol..

      We have what we once thought a historic people-first, forward-thinking, principled team of organizers who worked for a new kind of campaign and a new kind of candidate – an honorable man who would become the first black President – now greedily, disingenuously, self-servingly and arrogantly working to prop up – and strong-arm us into coalescing around and coronating – the very same undeserving and opportunistic, self-serving, vindictive, say anything, do anything for power, appropriate the accomplishments of others as hers, woman – they so accurately helped America peg in 2008…

      This is why people get jaded and lose faith in our politics…

  8. Ametia says:

    7 startling facts behind Cheadle’s Miles Davis film
    Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY 8:28 p.m. EST January 23, 2016

    3. It took casting a white actor to get the project green-lit.

    “Until we had Ewan McGregor (playing a Rolling Stone reporter hunting for the big story on Davis’ comeback), until there was the white co-lead in the movie, there was nothing that was going to happen,” says Cheadle. “Thank God that Ewan doesn’t have an ego issue and is not someone who would look at a role like that and think, ‘Well, I’m not just going to run around behind you and support you.’ Especially in that kind of potentially sycophantic role.”


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  10. rikyrah says:

    – – –☻Imani Gandy

    It always slays me when white people say “Go back to where you came from.” I’m like “You first, & drop me off where you kidnapped me from.”–

    • eliihass says:


      Here’s hoping some of those women who think they somehow know, love and own POTUS more than his one and only ride or die wife and life partner of 27 years and counting, don’t resent and hate her all the more for saying this…

      You know for some of these folks, FLOTUS isn’t supposed to be too smart – or heaven forbid, better at anything..

  11. rikyrah says:

    The New York Times @nytimes 5m5 minutes ago
    Abe Vigoda died at 94, having outlived by about 34 years an erroneous report of his death http://nyti.ms/1KCVkFv

  12. rikyrah says:

    Latest Iowa Polling:

    1. Donald Trump: 31% (unchanged from early January)
    2. Ted Cruz: 29% (unchanged)
    3. Marco Rubio: 13% (down from 15%)
    4. Ben Carson: 7% (unchanged)

    • rikyrah says:

      In New Hampshire, meanwhile, the latest Franklin Pierce/RKM/Boston Herald poll offered these results last night:

      1. Donald Trump 33% (up from 26% in December)
      2. Ted Cruz 14% (up from 12%)
      3. John Kasich 12% (up from 8%)
      4. Jeb Bush 9% (down from 10%)
      5. Marco Rubio 8% (down from 12%)
      6. Chris Christie 7% (down from 11%)

  13. rikyrah says:

    The Full Weight Of History
    by Zandar|1:15 pm
    January 26, 2016

    Ta-Nehisi Coates eloquently explains his position on the Democrats in 2016 as Hillary Clinton mentions that Lincoln was her favorite president due to his willingness to “reconcile and forgive” the Lost Cause of the South.

    Yet until relatively recently, this self-serving version of history was dominant. It is almost certainly the version fed to Hillary Clinton during her school years, and possibly even as a college student. Hillary Clinton is no longer a college student. And the fact that a presidential candidate would imply that Jim Crow and Reconstruction were equal, that the era of lynching and white supremacist violence would have been prevented had that same violence not killed Lincoln, and that the violence was simply the result of rancor, the absence of a forgiving spirit, and an understandably “discouraged” South is chilling.

    I have spent the past two years somewhat concerned about the effects of national amnesia, largely because I believe that a problem can not be effectively treated without being effectively diagnosed. I don’t know how you diagnose the problem of racism in America without understanding the actual history. In the Democratic Party, there is, on the one hand, a candidate who seems comfortable doling out the kind of myths that undergirded racist violence. And on the other is a candidate who seems uncomfortable asking whether the history of racist violence, in and of itself, is worthy of confrontation.

    These are options for a party of amnesiacs, for people whose politics are premised on forgetting. This is not a brief for staying home, because such a thing doesn’t actually exist. In the American system of government, refusing to vote for the less-than-ideal is a vote for something much worse. Even when you don’t choose, you choose. But you can choose with your skepticism fully intact. You can choose in full awareness of the insufficiency of your options, without elevating those who would have us forget into prophets. You can choose and still push, demanding more. It really isn’t too much to say, if you’re going to govern a country, you should know its history.

    • Liza says:

      Well, I don’t put much stock in anything that Hillary says. But, since TNC brought this up, hindsight seems to indicate that the Feds should have occupied the south for about the next 100 years after the civil war. Instead there was 100 years of domestic terrorism and race killings and the most raw, brutal, and exposed racism that can be imagined. And the Confederacy was allowed to hawk its revised version of history, aka The Lost Cause, and ram that down the throats of schoolchildren. They built monuments to traitors, named streets and buildings and schools after them, and to this day they dress up and re-enact their made up version of history.

      No one knows what would have happened in the south if Lincoln had not been assassinated. I’m just not aware of any civil war where the victors successfully implemented a “forgiveness and reconciliation” program. If one has occurred, please inform me.

    • Liza says:

      "There was a right side and a wrong side in the [Civil] War, which no sentiment ought to cause us to forget." Frederick Douglass, 1878— Isabel Wilkerson (@Isabelwilkerson) January 26, 2016


  14. You can do what you wanna do……In Living Color!

  15. Liza says:


    • Ametia says:

      Wow! Right wing… Lang-uage They are predators, ‘HEEL.’ So they are dogs?

      They are not just gangs of ‘kids’ any more. Sounds eerily familiar doesn’t it in 21st century. Ask Tamir’s mom how she viewed her 12 year old son getting gunned down and killed in TWO FUCKING SECONDS for carrying a toy gun in an open and carry state!

      And Hillary says these kids have “No conscience, No empathy?


    • Liza says:

      Remember this one from 2008? At the time, it made me wonder if she was playing with a full deck. It was such a WRONG thing to say, despite the question being purely hypothetical, and kind of ridiculous.

  16. Ametia says:


    • Liza says:

      I listened to Sanders and O’Malley last night, but not Hillary. I absolutely cannot stand the sound of her voice at this point.

      • Ametia says:

        O’Malley was so rehearsed, and he does a freaked up job of PIVOTING. It’s embarrassing.

        Sanders screams revolution!

        Hillary, all she needed was a PBO mask, and well, you know.

        These candidates indicative of the state of the Democratic Party. It’s shameful what DWS has not done to help mine younger, progressive, pragmatic leaders in this party.

      • Liza says:

        Ametia, do you think black folks will turn out for Hillary if she wins the nomination? Or, do you think they will turn out anywhere near the way they did for PBO?

      • Ametia says:

        Liza, I can’t speak for all black folks, and especially those who VOTE.

        If she wins the nomination, I will not vote for Hillary.

        She and her staff have shown me no indications that they are honestly working to secure my vote. Nothing this woman says or does is GENUINE.

        I don’t trust her with PBO’s legacy one iota!

        No more CLINTONS, BUSHES, or KENNEDYS in the White House.


      • I feel the same way. I don’t think black folks in my neck of the woods are going to line up behind Hillary. Just not going to happen.

      • Liza says:

        Well, if Trump wins the GOP nomination, that may be the only reason that people will stand in line for hours to vote for a Democrat. I just don’t sense any enthusiasm, not the kind that gets your more complacent voters off the couch and into a polling booth.

        I guess it’s wait and see. Voter turnout in the early state primaries may be predictive of voter enthusiasm for this election. South Carolina and Nevada will be interesting, especially South Carolina because they have an open primary.

  17. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH


    Lead poisoning strikes another US town
    AFP By Mira Oberman
    16 hours ago

    Chicago (AFP) – A lead poisoning scandal has struck a second US town, with schools closed Monday in Sebring, Ohio, and the water treatment plant operator accused of falsifying reports.

    Elevated lead levels were detected months ago but local officials failed to warn residents until last week despite pressure from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Some 8,100 people rely on the Sebring water system.

    The agency said it has “reason to suspect that the operator falsified reports” and has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal division for help with the investigation.

    The Ohio case comes as a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate how the city of Flint, Michigan, exposed 100,000 residents to lead poisoning after cutting water treatment costs.

    Officials are accused of ignoring months of health warnings about foul-smelling water, even as residents complained it was making them sick.

  18. rikyrah says:

    As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Soar, G.O.P. Leaders’ Exasperation Grows
    JAN. 26, 2016

    DES MOINES — Republican leaders are growing alarmed by the ferocious ways the party’s mainstream candidates for president are attacking one another, and they fear that time is running out for any of them to emerge as a credible alternative to Donald J. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

    Leaders of the Republican establishment, made up of elected officials, lobbyists and donors, are also sending a message to the mainstream candidates, such as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, that they should withdraw from the race if they do not show strength soon.

    The members of the party establishment are growing impatient as they watch Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz dominate the field heading into the Iowa caucuses next Monday and the New Hampshire primary about a week later.

    The party elders had hoped that one of their preferred candidates, such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, would be rising above the others by now and becoming a contender to rally around.

    Instead, they have a muddled field of battered mainstream candidates: Mr. Bush, Mr. Rubio, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

  19. rikyrah says:

    ‘Want me to go down there with a mop?’ Chris Christie has no time for New Jersey flooding

    WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out on Monday night at an audience member who asked why he was campaigning in New Hampshire when there was flood damage in his home state from this weekend’s blizzard.

    “I don’t know what you expect me to do? Do you want me to go down there with a mop?” Christie sarcastically told the woman.


    • Liza says:

      It is interesting how condescending he is toward this young woman who was obviously very nervous about speaking to him. Governor Krispy Kreme strikes me as a bully more than anything else about him.

    • Ametia says:

      What a fat TURD & BULLY. Just throw your tubby ass down on the ground and that’ll soak up all that LFOODING

    • sunshine616 says:

      Pompous asshole who answers everyone the same way so that he can deflect the fact that he has no answers ever.

  20. Ametia says:

    The HIll camp are SMELLING themselves because of PBO’s Politico interview, where he gives a favorable shout out to Hillary. Always one to take the HIGH ROAD, President BARACK HUSSIEN OBAMA, is doing his UTMOST best to release this slimy woman from his circle.

    He doesn’t OWE you SHIT, Hillary. Not one THIN DIME. He’s cleaned up you and BILL’s shit from the 1990s. So GO HAVE A STADIUM FULL OF SEATS, PUMAS, COONTASTIC CLOWNS, et. al.

    • Folks are falling over themselves with he endorsed Hillary. I can’t with these people.

    • Liza says:

      The pro-Hillary / anti-Bernie / pre-Iowa narrative that has been crafted is that “Yeah, Bernie has some great ideas but it’s all pie in the sky stuff. He cannot follow through on any of it given the political realities of our time. But Hillary, as progressive as she is, sees reality and she will save PBO’s legacy without promising the impossible to the poor, struggling masses. So, vote for Hillary and show some unity or risk losing it all to Donald Trump.”

      • Ametia says:

        I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again. Even if PBO & FLOTUS got behind this WITCH & endorsed her.



      • sunshine616 says:

        If I wanted someone who would do the bidding of the highest bidder I’d have no problem voting for Hillary, but since I have an ethical standard, nah!!

  21. rikyrah says:

    CPS chief Claypool turns to political hack for help

    What could be the second teachers’ strike in four years is looming.

    The Chicago Public Schools already are many billions of dollars short of what they need.

    And Springfield is ignoring the desperate cries from CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Never fear. Claypool has called in a favor from an old pal from one of his many previous stops in local government.

    CPS officials confirmed Tuesday they are getting help from James D’Amico — a Chicago Transit Authority executive with a scandal-pocked past and deep-rooted clout.

    An anonymous tipster thought I might be interested in D’Amico’s recent appearances at the school district because I wrote about him a couple of years ago.

    At the time, D’Amico had gotten into trouble in his job at Cook County. Claypool, then Emanuel’s main guy at CTA, found a cushy landing spot for D’Amico in March 2014.

    There was no mention of a college degree on D’Amico’s resume. What a background search would show, however, is a guilty plea.

    In 1996, D’Amico was sentenced to six months court supervision after threatening to “beat the s— out of” a political rival of his well-connected Northwest Side clan.

    D’Amico comes to public service from the 39th Ward Democrats, who were early and important supporters of Emanuel’s 2011 mayoral bid.

    D’Amico’s brother John is a Democratic state representative. His aunt Marge Laurino is the 39th Ward alderman.

    Both his parents and a grandmother were convicted in a ghost-payrolling scheme in the 1990s. Ald. Anthony Laurino, his grandfather, died before his federal corruption trial could start.

    Despite his own criminal record, James D’Amico somehow kept his job in county government for many years.

    He might be there still if it not for county Inspector General Patrick Blanchard’s push for his removal. Blanchard alleged that D’Amico sought campaign contributions at work and directed aides in county government to pressure lower-level workers to make political donations.

    Rather than fight the charges, D’Amico retired from the county and soon decided to join Claypool at the CTA. Claypool became Emanuel’s schools’ chief last summer, after a brief stop in the mayor’s office.

    Again, in his new post, Claypool has called on D’Amico.

    “Mr. D’Amico is on loan to the district from the CTA on a short-term, part-time basis to help with a comprehensive review of its facilities and maintenance needs,” CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in a statement.

    CPS and CTA officials said D’Amico started working for the district in early December, and the loan arrangement will end on Jan. 16. They added the school district is not paying D’Amico under the six-week loan arrangement.

    “He continues to be paid his full salary by us,” CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said. “He is meeting all of his CTA obligations and responsibilities. Some of his time is devoted to CPS.”

  22. Ametia says:


  23. rikyrah says:

    In Planned Parenthood case, the accusers become the accused
    01/26/16 08:00 AM—UPDATED 01/26/16 08:02 AM
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    By Steve Benen
    When “undercover” videos targeting Planned Parenthood first surfaced, many Republican officials and far-right activists believed the controversy would lead to criminal indictments. As of yesterday, they were half-right: one investigation into the matter did lead to criminal charges, but as it turns out, the conservative accusers have become the accused.
    A Houston grand jury on Monday indicted two anti-abortion activists in connection with undercover videos shot in Texas that purported to show fetal organ sales inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.

    The grand jury meanwhile declined to indict anyone from Planned Parenthood, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in a statement.
    David Daleiden, founder of a group that calls itself the Center for Medical Progress, was responsible for the videos, and yesterday was charged with a felony count of tampering with government documents, as well as a misdemeanor charge related to buying human organs.

    And while tampering with government documents may seem like an odd crime under these circumstances, note that Daleiden and his accused colleague, Sandra Merritt, allegedly created fake materials, including bogus driver’s licenses, as part of their scheme.


  24. rikyrah says:

    i can’t stay this enough.


    She wanted a damn coronation and it’s POTUS’ fault that she can’t win????



    • Ametia says:


      SHORTER: PBO better get out there and tell those niggas to vote for Hillary.

      Because, ya’ll know the bottom line is that she, Bernie, or O’Malley, in fact, NO DEMOCRATICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE can win without BLACK FOLKS, and especially


      Ellihass, you know that they want FLOTUS to get out there for Hilliary, to sway us.


    • Liza says:

      I do not believe the situation will improve until the Republicans lose their majority in both the House and the Senate. Seriously, what would cause them to change? The Democratic president is no longer black? It doesn’t matter anymore. The bar for civil behavior has been lowered, disrespect is all they know. And that doesn’t even begin to address the issue of a Democratic agenda. The GOP is suddenly going to change gears and support ANY part of a Democratic agenda? Please…

  25. Ametia says:

    At last night’s town hall.

    Sanders on his ambitious plans: “Yes, we will raise taxes. Yes we will.”

    Clinton on her email server: “I’m not willing to say it was an error in judgment because nothing I did was wrong.”

  26. Ametia says:

    9-Year-Old Collects Hundreds Of Barbies For Homeless Girls Her Age

    “I feel like girls in shelters should have the same as girls not in shelters.”

    Most young girls, when faced with the prospect of 1,000 Barbie dolls, would be over the moon to keep them all to themselves.

    Gianni Graham, however, wants to give them away.

    The 9-year-old girl from Norfolk, Virginia, has collected hundreds of the popular dolls to give to children in foster homes and homeless shelters in her area.


  27. Ametia says:

    Charleston Emanuel AME Church appoints first female pastor after last summer’s shooting

    Seven months after the deadly shooting of a pastor and eight parishioners worshiping at a bible study, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is continuing to progress, recently appointing its first female pastor.


  28. Ametia says:

    Barack Obama: Why we must rethink solitary confinement

    By Barack Obama January 25 at 8:01 PM
    Barack Obama is president of the United States.

    In 2010, a 16-year-old named Kalief Browder from the Bronx was accused of stealing a backpack. He was sent to Rikers Island to await trial, where he reportedly endured unspeakable violence at the hands of inmates and guards — and spent nearly two years in solitary confinement.

    In 2013, Kalief was released, having never stood trial. He completed a successful semester at Bronx Community College. But life was a constant struggle to recover from the trauma of being locked up alone for 23 hours a day. One Saturday, he committed suicide at home. He was just 22 years old.

    Solitary confinement gained popularity in the United States in the early 1800s, and the rationale for its use has varied over time. Today, it’s increasingly overused on people such as Kalief, with heartbreaking results — which is why my administration is taking steps to address this problem.


  29. rikyrah says:

    Juliet Eilperin: Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Federal Prisons
    President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences. In an op-ed that appears in Tuesday editions of The Washington Post, the president outlines a series of executive actions that also prohibit federal corrections officials from punishing prisoners who commit “low-level infractions” with solitary confinement. The new rules also call for expanding treatment for mentally ill prisoners. The president’s reforms are expected to affect about 10,000 inmates. The reforms come six months after Obama, as part of a broader criminal-justice reform push, ordered the Justice Department to study how solitary confinement was being used by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

    “How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people?” the president wrote in his op-ed. “It doesn’t make us safer. It’s an affront to our common humanity.” He said he hoped his reforms at the federal level will serve as a model for states to rethink their rules on the issue. At least a dozen states have taken steps in the past two years to curtail the use of solitary confinement, either in response to lawsuits or through legislative and administrative changes. An increasing number of studies show a connection between isolating prisoners and higher rates of recidivism.

  30. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone!
    Hillary showed her ass last night. Co-opting PBO

  31. rikyrah says:

    Why Silver Was Wrong About Trump
    by BooMan
    Tue Jan 26th, 2016 at 01:54:39 AM EST

    Back in November, I made a considerable effort to raise objections to Nate Silver’s assessment that Donald Trump had no better than a 20% chance of winning the Republican nomination. Partly, I thought Silver was underestimating Trump’s chances. But I also objected to him telling us to “stop freaking out” because, as I saw it, things wouldn’t be any less catastrophic if Cruz, Carson or Rubio were nominated.

    You know, I take a holistic view, and I think it’s a bad thing when one of our two political parties goes so deeply batshit insane that their “safe” choices are opposed to rape victims having the right to an abortion. Maybe some people are willing to fuck around on the theory that the Democrats can get some enormous LBJ-size victory if the Republicans nominate the modern equivalent of Barry Goldwater. But, let me tell you, Barry Goldwater was a moderate compared to these lunatics. And there’s no iron-clad rule that says that the Republican nominee can’t win.

    Plus, it’s just dangerous and sad and needlessly difficult for everyone if one side of the political divide walks so far out on a limb that no one can reach them anymore. And that’s where we’re headed.

    Well, Nate came around slowly, but the scales seem to have finally fallen from his eyes.

    Recently, the race took an even stranger turn. There were stories like this one, from Philip Rucker and Robert Costa at The Washington Post, suggesting that party elites were warming to Trump. Soon after, Bob Dole was suggesting that Trump wasn’t such a bad guy, while Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley was appearing with Trump and urging voters to “make America great again.”

    Importantly, these actions seem to have been taken mostly in opposition to Ted Cruz, instead of in support of Trump. Nonetheless, these reports caused me to renounce much of my remaining skepticism of Trump’s chances.

    Now, the way that Silver crafts his mea culpa here is interesting, in that he kind of shields himself from criticism by saying that he was relying on the analysis of political scientists Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel and John Zaller. Their 2008 book, The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform has been very influential and I’m not going to denigrate their work here.

    Rather, I’m just going to explain why my instincts were a better indicator of where Trump would stand on the eve of Iowa than all Silver’s numbers and political science

    • Ametia says:

      That’s how things stood the day John McCain nominated Sarah Palin as his running mate. And that was the last day that the Republican Party of old existed even on paper.

      The moment the organs of the GOP had to shift over to defending her preparedness and suitability to be a heartbeat away from the nuclear codes was the moment that their brain was disconnected from the rest of their central nervous system. From there, it was a short hop to climate science denialism, Birtherism, rape-don’t-get-you-pregnantism, Benghazism, and all the rest.

      This is all a long way of saying that Donald Trump actually is an ideological match for the modern conservative movement. Silver insists that he is not and that this is one of the biggest reasons why he’s been predicting that Trump would peter out.

      But that assumes that the key animators of the conservative movement are the familiar things like low taxes, a strong national defense, and a ban on abortion.

      Those aren’t the keys. The keys are 1) fear 2) hatred 3) greed and 4) a need to be led.

      Trump encapsulates those almost perfectly.

  32. rikyrah says:

    I don’t know if anyone else watches Telenovela, but the opening scene from this week was HILARIOUS to me.

  33. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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